Academic Insights: TCS Guidance Department

Lafayette College (U.S.) Presentation

The Trinity College School guidance department endeavours to support the growth and development of every student. Students have access to specialized counsellors who can support them with their academic and post-secondary planning as well as their social-emotional development and health.

How do we do this?
Through group and individual meetings at every grade level, our team of guidance professionals:

  • Encourages students to think about their values
  • Grows awareness of educational pathways
  • Educates about planning for the future
  • Facilitates social/emotional understanding, development and education

We understand the importance of providing a safe and nurturing environment where students feel welcomed and affirmed. In addition, we are committed to working closely with parents and faculty to ensure a highly integrated approach to student support.

Academic & Post-Secondary Counsellors will support students with things such as:

  • Course selection
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • Summer programs
  • Goal setting (personal, academic and career development)
  • Post-secondary and scholarship applications

Social-Emotional Counsellors will offer students the opportunity to explore, understand and work through personal issues such as:

  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Anger, sadness
  • Motivation, perfectionism
  • Conflicts with friends, roommates, family
  • Grief, loss
  • Sexuality and gender

What is coming up in the guidance department this fall?

  • U.K. University Fair in Toronto
    Twenty students travelled with Mr. Ty Bailey on the evening of September 16th to a U.K. University Fair hosted in Toronto. A consortium of popular schools was represented and students had the opportunity to hear about the U.K. admission process, writing personal statements of experience, program offerings and school life.
  • St Andrews University School of Medicine (Scotland) visits TCS
    Representatives from the university’s direct-entry medicine program met with students and their families on the evening of September 17th. The highly regarded Scottish-Canadian Medical program at St Andrews has been a wonderful fit for some of our graduates.
  • Lafayette College (Pennsylvania) visits TCS
    The director of international admissions of Lafayette hosted a group of Grade 11 and 12 students the morning of September 18th to not only discuss this reputable school and its unique programs but also to more broadly discuss navigating the U.S. admissions process and why a student might choose to study in the United States. Students greatly benefitted from his expertise and the opportunity to look holistically at attending school there.
  • Post-Secondary Fairs at TCS
    This year, on October 4th and November 1st, students will be able to attend fairs set up in Cirne Commons of post-secondary representatives from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Both fairs will be hosted during the students’ flex period, giving them the opportunity to better understand the variety of options out there for them and to begin (or continue to) explore pathways.
  • Grade 12 Post-Secondary Visits
    Our Grade 12 students will have the opportunity to visit a university campus on October 17th. Tours have been organized at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, the University of Waterloo and Carleton University. These are a wonderful chance to get a “feel” for what campus life is like and, perhaps, discover a destination students had not previously considered.
  • More opportunities to come!
    The guidance office will be offering many more such opportunities throughout the year. Students and families can keep up-to-date about through the “Guidance” group on Edsby and postings in the Parents’ Newsletter.

Below are the guidance counsellor assignments for this academic year. Parents are welcome to reach out to anyone in this community, including guidance counsellors, to ask questions or address concerns they might have. The more we know, the better we can support students.

We look forward to working students and their families during their time at TCS.

Bethune, Burns, Orchard, Scott, Wright

Academic & Post-Secondary Counselling

Social-Emotional Counselling

Bickle, Brent, Hodgetts, Ketchum, Rigby

Academic & Post-Secondary Counselling

Social-Emotional Counselling

-By Krista Koekkoek, director of guidance